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Postcard From L.A.: A Weekend Of Openings With Laure Heriard Dubreuil And Aaron Young


The Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil and fiancé Aaron Young were in L.A. for the weekend for the opening of two shows featuring Young’s art: No Fucking Way, his solo show at The Company Gallery, and Rebel, the James Franco-curated homage to Rebel Without a Cause at MOCA. (For more on Rebel, check out our coverage of the opening party and our Q&A with Franco.) Laure sent back a few shots from her trip, which included plenty of art, plenty of parties, and (naturally) a little L.A. vintage shopping. Throughout, Dubreuil wears a dress by The Webster for Target. She’s encouraging readers to email photos of themselves wearing the collection to

Aaron and I arrived in L.A. on Friday morning for Aaron’s openings: a solo one at The Company on Friday night and a group one at MOCA on Saturday. We stayed at the Chateau Marmont, which is a key place this particular weekend, as it is basically the set for Saturday’s Rebel show at MOCA. It didn’t hurt that they had the latest Porsche convertible to rent for the weekend, either.

Aaron’s solo show at The Company Gallery is called No Fucking Way and it’s about what he calls “tragic girls that have all been acting in their lives one way or another” (he jokes that it’s site-specific to L.A.). All the paintings are in the colors of the American flag and the canvases are the shape of folded flags. He painted women like Heidi Montag after all of her plastic surgeries posing in an American flag bikini, and Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan posing wrapped up in the flag before the pipe beating incident. After Aaron’s opening, we all went to the opening of Paul and Damon McCarthy’s Rebel Dabble Babble, a continuation of their pieces from James Franco’s Rebel show at MOCA. After that, it was downtown to UMAMIcatessen for a truffle burger before calling it a night.

Saturday morning we went to the MOCA space for Aaron’s press conference and interviews (he was wearing his The Webster at Target T-shirt for good luck!). We met up with James Franco, who curated the show. He told me he wanted to collaborate with artists he looks up to, who have dealt with film in their careers: Paul McCarthy and Aaron; there was Harmony Korine, Ed Ruscha, Terry Richardson, and Douglas Gordon.

Aaron has two videos in the show. Grapevine shows a 1950 Dodge Tudor—the make from Rebel Without a Cause, and also the same kind of car that collided with and killed Dean—falling from the sky and slipping through a small hole in the earth. (Aaron placed the “residue”—a crushed car T-boned into the pavement—at the entrance of the show, above). For his second video, Life’s a Drag (below), he dragged a motorcycle behind a truck; at the opening, the bike is in the pool.

We went for a very nice relaxing late lunch at Soho House after that, followed by drinks with André Balazs and Paul Sevigny at the Chateau before heading all together to the opening, where we saw our friends Eva and Michael Chow, Daphne Javitch, Samantha Traina, Danny Fuller and his fiancée Tori Praver, as well as James of course! We had some friends going to their suite at the Lakers game and suggested we come with them but the timing was too tight so we headed directly back to the Chateau Marmont for the after-party at Bungalow #1. Lou Doillon, Lily Donaldson, Val Kilmer, Bret Easton Ellis, Marisa Tomei, and Jacqui Getty all joined.

The next day, I decided to go vintage shopping, which is my favorite thing to do in L.A. I started very early with the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena (I got very lucky, as it happens the second Sunday of each month) and then did my round of vintage stores: I always find great jeans at the Denim Doctors on Third Street, followed by Decades on Melrose, the Way We Wore on La Brea, where I found amazing forties printed dresses, Catwalk on Fairfax, and Lily et Cie on Burton Way. I went back to the Chateau for a little rest and then we headed to Eva and Michael Chow’s home for drinks at their house followed by delicious Korean BBQ, just what we needed to wrap up the weekend!

Before our flight back this afternoon, I’m hoping to have time to see footage from Harmony’s new film Spring Breakers, as well as the new store Just One Eye. And maybe a snack at the Beverly Hills Hotel? I just can’t get enough of L.A.…

Photos: Laure Heriard Dubreuil



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